Wolf Kahn, the artist, is widely regarded as one of America's most prominent and influential landscape painters. An intense involvement with light and color dominates his paintings, and redefines the world of nature.
Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart Germany in 1927 and immigrated to the United States in 1940. In the late 1940's he studied painting at the famous Hans Hofmann school in New York -- a breeding ground for ambitious painters. Together with such artists as Fairfield Porter, Elaine de Kooning and Larry Rivers, Wolf Kahn in the 1950's emerged as a member of the representational wing of a wave of abstract expressionism. His art continued to evolve and by the late 1960's had emerged into fully chromatic mature works.
Kahn's paintings today offer a successful resolution of the language of abstraction together with the perception of landscape. They are the contemporary manifestation of a long tradition of American painting that runs from George Inness and Albert Pinkham Ryder in the nineteenth century through Milton Avery and Mark Rothko in the twentieth century.
Kahn's best paintings convey to the viewer the sumptuous luminosity of a sunset over water, the dazzling light of a summer meadow, the veiled light of late summer in Vermont. The colors shimmer and hover and disappear, only to reappear again, in a harmony that is fresh and vibrant and new.